Cancer center to rise in Iloilo City-A A +A
Friday, January 17, 2014
THE first cancer center for Western Visayas will be built at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district, in Iloilo City.
Hospital chief Dr. Jose Mari Fermin said the building costing P63 million is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and is being evaluated by the National Economic Development Authority (Neda).
The equipment for the center will include a linear accelerator, citiscan, mammography, ultrasound, X-ray and chemotherapy facilities to be aided by private donors and corporations.
Fermin said the Department of Health (DOH) is set to establish cancer centers in different areas of the Philippines.
Bidding for the construction of the Iloilo center is set on February 2014. The said project will have a four-month construction period.
DOH Secretary Enrique Ona had promised the cancer centers to be established in different areas with the collaboration of the private sector.
He added that patients will have to use their PhilHealth membership to avail of the center services.
The PPP hospitals in the country include two in Manila: the Philippine Orthopedic Center and the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.
A total of 26 hospitals outside Metro Manila are set to be half-corporate with 70 percent owned by the government and 30 percent by the private sector and this will include the WVMC Cancer Center in Iloilo City.